Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump on First Day of New Congress

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Posted: Jan 03, 2019 2:45 PM
Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump on First Day of New Congress

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) will be introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump as the 116th Congress begins its first day and Democrats take control of the House Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sherman’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstruction of justice due to his firing former FBI Director James B. Comey, along with other wrongdoing.

The impeachment articles are the same ones he filed in 2017 with co-sponsor Rep. Al Green (D-TX), a spokesman told Fox News.

“He will be introducing the same articles he introduced last year once the House is in session this afternoon,” Sherman spokesman Shane Seaver said.

“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Rep. Sherman argued. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.”

“Every member of the House will have to address [the issue] whether there are formal articles of impeachment pending,” he claimed.

His articles are unlikely to get support from House Democrats as incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly discouraged talk of impeachment although in a recent interview she seemed to indicate that it could be an option if there is sufficient cause.

Pelosi did suggest Thursday morning that a sitting president potentially could be indicted.

"We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report," Pelosi told NBC, in reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason. So we'll just have to see how it comes."

In the past, however, Pelosi has very firmly dismissed impeachment talk, even calling such talk a “gift to Republicans” before the 2018 midterm elections.